The potential threat from type 2 diabetes in South Africa remains dangerously underestimated and its current prevalence widely unrecognized. Yet the problem is growing at an alarming rate. A series of factors that are particular to the region represent enormous obstacles to an effective response by people with the condition, healthcare providers and wider society. In this article, Noy Pullen identifies some of the key socio-economic, environmental and educational issues affecting rural South Africa. She goes on to describe a project that aims to inspire healthcare providers and communities to become Agents for Change with a view to improving the quality of life and health of people with diabetes and those at risk from this and other chronic diseases.
South Africa, Agents for Change